A Spectator of a Cherished Intimacy – Uzoma Ihejirika

A Spectator of a Cherished Intimacy – Uzoma Ihejirika

A Spectator of a Cherished Intimacy Uzoma IhejirikaOn the night your father went missing, a friend in whose house you’d been squatting had kicked you out. It was the live-in maid who informed Kamsiyochukwu, your younger brother, who in turn passed the message to you....

Ndizamile – Anathi Jongilanga

Ndizamile – Anathi Jongilanga

Ndizamile Anathi JongilangaMama, you know there is no one in this world I love more than you. Head bowed, Nozamile nods, gives Siviwe a sidelong look - urging, cautious - from under the hand whose fingers smoothen the creases on her forehead. The sound of Mongezi’s...

Graded – Alison Ojany

Graded – Alison Ojany

Graded Alison OjanyI hate ice cream because of you, Mama. Still, you shove a sticky red devil in my hand. It is starting to melt so I eat it in three bites, leaving the stick with a smear of red. The sweetness sits at the tip and at the back of my throat in the place...

The Fog – Sihle Mthembu

The Fog – Sihle Mthembu

The Fog Sihle MthembuI suppose we’re all here for pretty much the same reason, so I won’t waste my time or yours on long introductions. I will however say for the benefit of anyone who might not know me, my name is Senzo and I’m 34 years old. Actually I’m turning 35...

Constellations – Zoe Elerby

Constellations – Zoe Elerby

Constellations Zoe Elerby Thankfully, it was cold. Dakota liked the cold, ironically, considering the suffocating rays they were born and raised in. They learned to walk on steaming hot soil. They learned to talk through the stifling barriers of humidity. Their skin...

Born Again – Innocent Chizaram Ilo

Born Again – Innocent Chizaram Ilo

Born Again Innocent Chizaram Ilo IThe women of Awele come to Miss Kish at Chalet 97 to be born again. A tall woman with black-pepper-sprinkled-on-sunflower skin and eyes that pretend to not see you owns the place. She is also the first woman to leave the man she was...

Bye Bye to B’ẹ́lẹ́ja yán – Temitope Owolabi

Bye Bye to B’ẹ́lẹ́ja yán – Temitope Owolabi

Bye Bye to B'ẹ́lẹ́ja yán Temitope Owolabi I still pick up my husband’s laundry every Friday, even match his socks for him, so he’s not running around like a headless chicken in the mornings trying to get ready for work. But these are mere gestures, actions...

The Cosmonaut – Rešoketšwe Manenzhe

The Cosmonaut – Rešoketšwe Manenzhe

The CosmonautRešoketšwe Manenzhe i.         the life seekerThe life seeker resumed his flight. The night would bring rain, as told by the clouds. So the seeker crossed to the border where the deserts met. There, the rain fell in soft patters.ii.        ...

Return to Me – Roy Udeh-Ubaka

Return to Me – Roy Udeh-Ubaka

Return to Me Roy Udeh-Ubaka She returns to me in a dream, in the large beige house with the little porch and the screen that never quite fit into the doorjamb. Tonight, she takes the form of a slightly younger self, a little narrow around her waistline....

The Caller – Ope Adedeji

The Caller – Ope Adedeji

The Caller Ope Adedeji As with most things, it didn’t start as an obsession; it was an interest spurred by a documentary he watched as a boy. He told himself he was a collector of voices, like his co-worker, Nnamdi who collected jewellery from the women he...

Possession – Jarred Thompson

Possession – Jarred Thompson

Possession Jarred Thompson I watch the women who come to shake my husband’s hand. “Thank you Pastor for the great anointing I received today.” “Bless you Pastor, I feel so blessed. Thank you.” “It’s so good to be visiting your church today.” It’s the same snippets of...

Mothers – Keletso Mopai

Mothers – Keletso Mopai

Mothers Keletso Mopai “The heart of a hurt child can shrink so that forever afterward it is hard and pitted as the seed of a peach.” – Carson McCullers Often, a mother looks her new born baby in the eyes and sees endless stars. Sometimes, she rubs her belly and feels...

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